Ex-Navy SEALs including Rep. Morgan Luttrell have attributed their successful readjustment to civilian life and mental health recovery to the use of psychedelic drugs. Luttrell claims this treatment saved his life and his marriage. A bipartisan bill, led by another former Navy SEAL, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, seeks to fund a $75 million research grant program to study the therapeutic benefits of these substances, particularly for service members struggling with PTSD.
- Ex-Navy SEAL and current GOP lawmaker, Rep. Morgan Luttrell, credits psychedelic drug treatment for aiding his transition back to civilian life and saving his marriage. He asserts it is a potential solution for those who’ve not found help through other methods.
- A bipartisan bill led by Rep. Dan Crenshaw, another ex-Navy SEAL, aims to establish a $75 million research grant program to study the therapeutic use of mushrooms, with the intention of aiding service members.
- The Luttrell brothers utilized psychedelics such as ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT for treatment, which they received outside the US as these substances are currently illegal within the country.
- Despite the therapeutic potential of these substances, research has been halted in the US since the 1970s when the drugs were banned. However, lawmakers are now advocating for the Pentagon to allow research and clinical trials in a controlled environment.
- The usage of psychedelics among young adults in the US has doubled from 2018 to 2021, with growing research suggesting potential mental health benefits, such as alleviating depression symptoms. However, there’s also growing concern regarding the potential public health implications of this increase.